BMW R 1200 GS
The ride leader bike is the venerable BMW R 1200 GS. This is certainly a bike that does not need any introduction to those who know a thing or two about long distance adventuring.
Described as the world’s greatest all-rounder, combining an unrivalled balance of on-road agility, off-road ability and touring comfort, the ‘GS’ remains unrivalled in its class. It has a twin overhead cam version of their legendary 1200cc boxer engine producing 110HP that offers supreme power and performance. This bike is the complete package for the long distance tourer and is equally at home on or off the dirt. Bikes come with ABS, ESA, and heated grips as standard.
Mick’s ride leader bike knows the terrain as he has undertaken this journey in 2010 aboard the same GS. Its reliable and has had a fairly thorough examination to make sure that it is ready for the journey.
For the 2014 Expedition the bike has been fitted for the long, bumpy roads thanks to Touratech. The route contains numerous water crossings, riding over large rocks and gravel roads. There will be hot, dusty days through the plains of Uzbekistan and there is likely to be muddy patches, ice and areas of semi-frozen ground through Siberia. In short, while the ride is not overly technical, it does present challenges and these types of conditions puts a strain on the bike’s suspension, chassis and components, etc.
Most importantly, it is vital to have the important parts protected during a ride of this length as it is virtually guaranteed that at various points along the route, challenges will present themselves and the bike will fall or be laid down.
Micks BMW R1200GS will be fitted with Zega Pro Panniers, Upper and Lower Crash Protection bars, Bash plate, Kick stand support extension, Small tail rack bag, Works long distance foot pegs, Cylinder protection, Touratech hand protectors, Hard Part steering stop, Drive shaft crash bungs, Mudguard protection, Driving lights.
Toyota Landcruiser Series 100
Our support vehicle of choice is the Toyota Landcruiser series 100. Fitted with a powerful 4.5lt petrol motor, this go anywhere vehicle will be ideally suited to the hardships to be experienced on the London to Magadan expedition.
Being towed by the landcruiser will be our high clearance off-road single axle trailer purpose built for the London to Magadan Expedition.
We shall be camping for 30 nights during this expedition, these nights, camped amongst magnificent wilderness, always feature highly in the expeditions highlights. Just because we are camping doesn’t mean we have to rough it. See what a Compass Expeditions camp site includes.
All our tents are the 3 person Coleman 3CV, every client has their own personal tent, these tents feature the improved Circle Ventilation™ system for better airflow & reduced condensation and a permanently attached LED night light conveniently located next to the gear organiser. A single room tent with side windows and vestibule
Our cook tent is the military style Tunnel Tent and is huge. This tent can easily accommodate all our cooking equipment, tables and up to 10 people, great for those times when the weather isn’t the best.
Our stove of choice is the Coleman duel fuel burner allowing us to use petrol for cooking in the great outdoors. We have 2 of these cookers allowing us to have up to 4 burners at a time going, great for those 3 course meals.
The 4WD Mat is a quality camping mat that will provide you the BEST NIGHTS SLEEP. They are a foam mattress inside a velour and PVC cover and roll away conveniently into a bag when not in use.They are superior in performance to an air bed and insulate from the cold, and are far less prone to going down in the night!!
While camping, for privacy, we always erect a bush toilet, better than stumbling around in the dark at night.